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Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Upcoming Professional Learning

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Past Professional Learning

Upcoming Professional Learning

Upcoming LDA Conferences, Seminars and Workshops


Dr Lorraine Hammond and Brooke Wardana - 16 May 2017 The Hills Grammar School, Sydney

Leaving Nothing to Chance: How Explicit Learning can prevent early literacy difficulties

This practical seminar for Prep-Year 2 teachers, literacy co-ordinators and administrators, will present and demonstrate how Explicit Instruction gives struggling students an academic advantage by not making assumptions about which skills and knowledge children may acquire on their own, the planning of instructional sequences, the challenges for schools, and how to deliver Explicit Instruction in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling.

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LDA & SPELD Vic present:

Navigating VCE with a Specific Learning Difficulty (SLD)

With Kristin Anthian, 31 May Swinburne University, Hawthorn, Vic

Provide students with SLD, including dyslexia, how best to manage their journey through VCE

Click here for details and to register

Other Conferences and Research Seminars

This section provides a listing of non-LDA Conferences. Research Seminars and other professional learning opportunities of relevance to the area of learning difficulties. All external events are publicised at LDA's discretion, but LDA accepts no responsibility for their value or the evidence base of what may be promoted.

Australian Council for Educational Research

Direct Instruction at Work: Maths Mastery Series

Presented by Dr Rhonda Farkota, senior research fellow at ACER.
18th May: Cairns
Please visit the ACER website to register.


Macquarie University Reading Clinic regarding our professional development (PD) workshops for 2017. 

Workshops provide practical step-by-step guidance to clinicians, teachers, and volunteers on how to provide targeted research-based assessments and interventions for persons with reading and spelling difficulties that are easy to understand, and are delivered by experts in the field.  

Assessment and treatment approaches for children with reading and spelling difficulties:
Thursday 11th May 2017

How to make evidence-based decisions about treatment for poor readers:
Wednesday 9th August

Working memory and reading difficulties
Wednesday 9th August

The Biennial 2017 joint Conference for Learning Difficulties hosted by SPELD LSTAQ (Learning Support Teachers' Association Queensland) and LDA is planned for the 16th-17th September.

The theme for the conference in 2017 is "INCLUSIVE DIRECTIONS FOR EDUCATION".

 To register please visit http://www.lstaq.asn.au/conferences/

41st Annual IARLD Conference, Brisbane, Australia

International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD) 

Brisbane 5th-7th July 2017

For more information please go to:  



Sounds-Write An evidence-based phonics program

Melbourne Training 11th – 14th July 2017

To register please go to Sounds-Write Melbourne Training 2017


PLD Literacy and Learning

Schedules seminars across Australia as well as short online courses.

To register please go to  https://pld-literacy.org/seminars/


SPELD PD events

See individual state SPELD websites for information regarding relevant PD in the area of learning difficulties in each state.
For State SPELD contact details go to http://auspeld.org.au/state-associations


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Past Professional Learning

Past Professional Learning Events, 2016

Professor Maryanne Wolf to present in September 2016

LDA is honoured to host Professor Maryanne Wolf in Australia, a unique opportunity for teachers, speech pathologists, psychologists, researchers and policy makers to hear such an acclaimed researcher who has significantly contributed to our understanding of the neurological underpinning of the reading brain and whose theoretical perspective has led to practical interventions which have assisted thousands of students who struggle with reading.

Professor Wolf will present on the following dates:
Brisbane Friday 2 September - This event is now closed.
Sydney Wednesday 7 September - This event is now closed.
Melbourne Friday 9 September  - This event is now closed 

Leaving Nothing to Chance - How Explicit Instruction can prevent early literacy difficulties.

This event is now closed.

Presented by Dr Lorraine Hammond and Brooke Wardana

Explicit Instruction gives struggling students an academic advantage when learning to read. This approach leaves nothing to chance and does not make assumptions about skills and knowledge that children will acquire on their own. In Australia, the National Inquiry into Teaching Literacy (2005) recommended the importance of systematic, direct and explicit phonics instruction so that children master the essential alphabetic code-breaking skills required for foundational reading proficiency. In Western Australia, Louden (2015) investigated high performing primary schools in socially disadvantaged suburbs and found that these schools taught synthetic phonics in the early years in an explicit, systematic and direct way. With many schools in Australia introducing an explicit approach to literacy, this practical seminar will outline the challenges for schools, what’s involved in planning instructional sequences and how to deliver Explicit Instruction in the areas of reading, writing and spelling in the early years.


Past Conferences, Seminars & Workshops

Past Professional Learning Events. 2015

Past Professional Learning Events, 2014

Past Professional Learning Events, 2013

Victorian Workshops 2012

Sir Jim Rose visit 2009

Past Conferences 1996-2008

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